The Pale Horse is a converted Tudor Inn which enjoys sinister reputations: to the curious public, the middle-aged female proprietors are three witches who practice the black arts and communicate with agents of the other world; to those anxious to remove unwanted rich relatives, The Pale Horse and its mysterious attendants mean arranged natural death through unknown forces.
At the beginning of the narrative the famous historian Mark Easterbrook is eating at a Chelsea pub where two young girls, among a bunch of friends with very brightly coloured hair, are ragging each other over some boys. Through this scene of young people's unruly behaviour, Mark hears of The Pale Horse in a causal remark by a friend's friend. From then on, …
Lee, Amy. "The Pale Horse". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 October 2002
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